Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tribune: Emanuel wants to make Chicago more immigrant-friendly

I think my friends over at American Rattlesnake might be interested in this story. Even if it is from out of Chicago:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today is expected to announce further protections for undocumented immigrants in what he says is a move to make Chicago appear to be a more immigrant-friendly city.

The largely symbolic proposed ordinance would add protections on the books for undocumented people who have not been convicted of a serious crime and are not wanted on a criminal warrant.

The new ordinance is meant to ensure undocumented Chicagoans will only be detained if they are wanted on a criminal warrant by local or federal authorities or if they have been convicted of a serious crime and remain in the United States illegally, according to the mayor's office.

"This Welcoming City ordinance will make Chicago a national leader in welcoming those who play by the rules, contribute to our economy and help make Chicago the incredible city that was envisioned by its first immigrant settlers," Emanuel said in a statement.
When you think about it, this makes sense. Plus the city does plan to continue to cooperate with federal authorities in those cases that may involve undocumented immigrants. It also means that police can't ask any questions about anyone's legal citizenship status.

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